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  • 11/04/12--04:40: Japanese High School Photos

  • Was at Tokyo Kokusai Metropolitan High School [東京都立国際高等学校] the other day for more Culture Japan filming. Today we have a lookie at the Cultural Festival "Bunkasai" [文化祭] which takes place at most schools across Japan once a year in Autumn.

    Tokyo Kokusai Metropolitan High School is not classed as an International High School but one where about 40% of students are either are a Japanese mix, foreigner or a student who has spent a lot of time overseas.

    Many schools across Japan require you to remove you shoes before you go in. This is why the Figma K-ON! figures come with an extra set of shoes called "Uwabaki" [上履き] that are worn in class.
    However Kokusai Metropolitan does not have the traditional custom and allows you to walk in as long as you have not trodden in poo - which is unlikely anyway because the streets are usually clear of K9 droppings.

    Armor falling to pieces - looks like its going in for retirement soon? To be replaced with...?

    Today's navigator is Arisa-chan - a half Filipino and Japanese student of Kokusai Metropolitan who has been working hard over the past few days with her classmates to prepare a load of fun and games for visitors.

    You've seen these cultural festivals in many anime including K-ON! and Haruhi where the students prepare many events for the other students and visitors to the school.

    Other than "Bunkasai" [文化祭], the cultural festivities are also known as "Gakuensai" [学園祭] which is actually part of the school curriculum where students have the chance to exhibit their learnings over the past year. They work with other students to get creative and prepare events/activities for the visitors.
    The festival usually takes place over two days on a weekend and is open to the public for students/parents/guardians who are interested in attending/sending their kids to the school as they get to experience and see for themselves what the school is like.

    We were filming for only a day at Kokusai Metropolitan. While it wasn't enough to cover all the activities that went on, we still managed to see and enjoy a load that went on.
    Just like anime, we saw students dressed up as maids serving sweets and a hall where they played together in their bands and danced along to anisong. The food they served was like 50 yen! @.@

    Arisa-chan's class prepared a few games which included "Falling Pipe" - you saw a glimpse in the School Girl's Fate post. The contestant stands in the cubicle thingy who gets asked many questions - the purpose is to distract their attention where a pipe would suddenly fall from the ceiling down one of the 4 poles which the player should try to catch.

    It was truly incredible to see so many students of all races enjoying themselves and having so much fun. Had nothing like this back in my neck of the woods in the UK and would have certainly enjoyed school much much more with events like this.
    My school life was absolutely terrible up until university - constantly bullied at school where I even had my stuff set on fire. Ugh. Me gets rather miffed when thinking about it.

    I think the film footage of this Japanese High School is going to be broadcast on Culture Japan Episode 4 - I need to go back next week for more filming but this time dressed up as a (male) student to attend classes.

    Took a load of photos so the coverage of the festivities will be separated into 2 parts. Previous Culture Japan High School coverage can be seen in the posts below with more to come. Its always like filming on the set of a movie - we see it in anime all the time and sometimes its hard to believe that folks over here attend these schools as part of their daily lives ^^;
    -Fujisawa High School Photos 1
    -Fujisawa High School Photos 2
    -View of Japan from AR.Drone
    -Japanese Archery
    -School Girl's Fate
    -Live Action K-ON!

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    Part 2 from Kokusai Metropolitan soon!

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    Very nice – Quicktime VR panorama of Mars that you can toggle around … No, you cannot actual control the rover. Or if you’re a wisenheimer, southern Utah … Equ-distance to Starbucks.     Tweet This Post

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    McFarlane Toy has announced the line-up for their upcoming fifth assortment of college football figures. Series 5 will include: Andrew Luck, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Clay Matthews, and Arian Foster. Click the thumbnails above to view the prototype images.

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    Aizu Project has announced that they will be re-releasing their Plugsuit version Ayanami Rei 1/8 PVC figure from Neon Genesis Evangelion. This figure will stand approximately 4.5" and is scheduled for re-release in December 2012. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look.

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    New images have been released of Diamond Select Toys' upcoming Barbarian Hulk (with skull necklace) action figure. The Barbarian Hulk will be hitting stores within the next month. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look.

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    The Value of a DASH Membership If you still don’t see the value of a membership on Collector-ActionFigures, then we’ve got a lot to show you. You might think DASH is just about our giveaways, since we’re giving away Sideshow Collectibles Snake Eyes and Transformers Masterpiece Thundercracker prizes totaling in value at over $250 right [...]

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    New images have been released of Diamond Select Toys' upcoming X-Men Storm action figure. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look.

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  • 11/04/12--07:32: Chaos King from Bunka
  • Artoyz Originals has announced that they'll be producing the 7.5" tall Chaos King vinyl figure from French illustrator Bunka. It will be available beginning on Thursday, November 8th 2012, with a release part that day beginning at 7:00PM at Artoyz Paris. This version of the Chaos King will be limited to 200 pieces, although there [...]

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  • 11/04/12--07:33: DIY Chebaka Power Vinyl Toy
  • Chris Alexander - Creo Design - has released a new DIY 4'' Chebaka Power Vinyl Toy. The do-it-yourself platform version will run $15.00 plus $5.50 shipping and only be available via the above link.

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    Huck announced the debut of his new line which goes on sale today at 9PM CET Central European Time. I believe that is a 6 hour difference from eastern time. They would be 6 hours ahead. So  9PM CET = 3 PM EST.
    Here is a group shot showing some of the offerings.

    Explaining that he is so happy to own these dolls now, he designed an outfit specifically for each doll as opposed to creating a thematic presentation.

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  • 11/04/12--09:53: Budgeting Tips for Mummies
  • Being a parent can be expensive. You’ve got several mouths to feed, school outings to pay for and there’s that all important holiday that comes around each year; not to mention Christmas and birthdays! On the face of it all, it can be very easy to spiral into any debt, but with a few precautionary measures and some... [Continue Reading]

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    DesignerCon 2012: A Little Stranger screenshot

    From the whimsical concepts and dreamy color palettes of her custom figures to her overall adorable plush Caveys, the works of Holly Stanway a.k.a. A Little Stranger never cease to impress me. Holly's booth at yesterday's DesignerCon was a delightful melange of all those things plus a few extra surprises. At the event, Holly unveiled the Cavey vinyl toys (still in prototype) and they looked great. They had the iconic oval Cavey shape, beady eyes, and, here's the best part, the little fabric tush tag. I thought that detail was spectacular and really helped identify the toys as part of the Cavey family. 

    Speaking of Caveys, the Gentleman Cavey plush was selling quickly. I don't know if Holly sold all 30 pieces of the limited edition plush at DCon but it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. There was also a special going on for several of the older Cavey releases, most notable of which was the Olympic Cavey set of 5 for US$60 rather than US$130. The booth also had sets of Cavey ear headbands for sale (Holly was sporting a pair when I talked to her). 

    There were several of Holly's customs also available for purchase, several of which had already sold by the time I had gone to see her in morning. My favorite was definitely the Lion-O custom because not only did she bring out the lord of the Thundercats more feline qualities but, well, there just isn't enough Thundercats stuff out there in my opinion.

    Check out the gallery to see more photos from Holly Stanway's booth at DesignerCon 2012!

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  • 11/04/12--10:30: DesignerCon 2012: Kuso Vinyl
  • DesignerCon 2012: Kuso Vinyl screenshot

    For DesignerCon, Kuso Vinyl brought along some new vinyl releases, along with customs from Fuller Designs. On the new release front, Kuso Vinyl had the Ponburger bank, designed in a box meant to parody Jack in the Box's design. There was also the NYCC Gin and Tonic Chester Runcorn, along with a few other older releases and a little surprise in the form of what appeared to be a Teen Wolf Spiki custom from Nakanari. The 1980s part of me loves that.

    As for the customs, boy, do they look pretty cool, especially that Celsius Spawn. I love the little touches liek the chain, as well as how Fuller was able to paint Spawn's glowing eyes effect directly onto the Celsius' head. But don't let me be the judge for you: have a look through the gallery yourself and let us know what your favorite is!

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    While we know what’s in CASE A of the 2013 Movie Moments 2-packs: 3 – Darrell Cartrip & Bob Cutlass (CARS 1) 2 – Mrs. The King & Tex Dinoco (CARS 1) 4 – Raoul Caroule & Bruno Motoreau (CARS 2) and 3 of Nigel Gearsley & (NEW RELEASE Crew Chief) Austin Littleton (CARS 2). [...]

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  • 11/04/12--11:33: Kidrobot KidHoHoHo (11.15)
  • It’s that time of year folks! Christmas is just around the corner and Kidrobot is out to release their brand new holiday themed figure. Take a look at KidHoHoHo, a very “riveted” Kidrobot Mascot who is excited that Christmas is almost here. This 3” release has Christmas built into it,...

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    Thanks everyone for all the awesome Halloween costume entries! It was EXTREMELY hard to choose the winners, but we managed to pick three. Below are all of the great entries and the winners of the 2012 Halloween costume contest. Congratulations to the winners! We wish we could have picked more than three… First Place: Up? [...]

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    Action Figure Fury Action Figure Fury - Action Figure News, Reviews, and Guides

    A few days ago we took a look at TMNT Metalhead. When I was able to score Metalhead I was also able to score myself a Dogpound figure too so let’s take a look at the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dogpound Review! In case you have missed the other reviews of the other figures by

    Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dogpound Review

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  • 11/04/12--12:24: 3.75" Tarzan by Ironwill

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    DesignerCon 2012: Scott Tolleson screenshot

    Companies weren't the only one in attendance at DesignerCon: plenty of artists had their own booths, too, and once again this year, Scott Tolleson was among them. The booth this year included both the new Melange colorway of Scott's monstrous carrot, Deadbeet, and the reveal of the last of the Nosellot family, Jedediah McDoogle. If you're not familiar which one that is, it's the one in the overalls.

    Check out the gallery for a few shots of the Deadbeet and Jedediah, along with the other Nosellots and more. Do you have a favorite thing from Scott's booth, Tomopeeps?

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